Julie A. Ask

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving eBusiness & Channel Strategy PROFESSIONALS

Julie serves eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals. Her 25 years of work experience is balanced between the engineering and management consulting work she did in the first half of her career and her work as an analyst for the past 12 years. The combination of technical and business expertise positions prepared her well to work with business leaders to identify new opportunities offered by mobile technology and to develop strategies to engage with consumers on mobile devices. She has worked with hundreds of clients across retail, travel, banking, insurance, CPG, healthcare, and more to advise and guide the development of their mobile strategies.

Julie's research and analysis have been widely cited in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, BusinessWeek, RCR Wireless, and The Onion, as well as on CBS, NBC, and PBS.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to becoming an analyst, Julie worked at a contextual services mobile startup in San Francisco and prior to that at Booz Allen & Hamilton.

Education

Julie holds a B.S.E.E. and a Master of Science in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She also holds an MBA from the University of Michigan.

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  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Five Pitfalls To Avoid When Executing A Retail eCommerce Strategy

    Processes: The Retail eCommerce Playbook

    Retail eCommerce has nearly two decades of experience under its belt, so companies in the early stages of web retail can now follow a fairly established set of best practices. This report is a...

    • Downloads: 1118
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Rank Yourself With The Digital Maturity Model

    Assessment: The Retail eCommerce Playbook

    As eBusiness and channel strategy professionals at retail companies evaluate their eCommerce opportunities, establishing a level set of current strengths and weaknesses is essential. This year,...

    • Downloads: 1749
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2016: Financial Services Execs Wake Up To Digital Transformation

    The Eight Digital Shifts To Expect In Retail Financial Services In 2016

    As digital engagement increases among financial services customers, eBusiness and channel strategy professionals at banks, wealth managers, insurers, and card issuers are pushing toward true digital...

    • Downloads: 503
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Define New Metrics For Digital Business Success

    Performance Management: The Digital Business Transformation Playbook

    Digital business has broken traditional metrics. Key performance indicators (KPIs) that measure the success of a single touchpoint fail to inform eBusiness executives of consumer engagement's impact...

    • Downloads: 1325
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Just For You: Use Personalization Technology To Help Associates In The Retail Store

    Retailers Fail To Create Relevant Digital Experiences For Their Associates

    As retail stores transform into digital stores, customers will expect personalized content and experiences in-aisle. Personalization technologies such as automated product recommendations are poised...

    • Downloads: 299
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Schwab's Intelligent Portfolios Will Squeeze Other Investment Managers

    Top Custodian Unveils Aggressively Priced Robo-Advice Platform For Independent Advisors

    Two weeks after launching its direct-to-consumer digital investment manager, Charles Schwab has unveiled a version for independent Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) and their clients. Like its...

    • Downloads: 199
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Customer Advocacy 2015: Drive Cross-Sell And Loyalty By Focusing On Advocacy

    US Customers Rate Their Banks, Credit Card Providers, Insurers, And Wealth Management Firms On Advocacy And Future Purchase Intent

    For 12 years, Forrester has shown that customer advocacy — the perception on the part of customers that a firm does what's best for them, not just what's best for the firm's own bottom line — is the...

    • Downloads: 174
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:How US Online Consumers Research And Buy Credit Cards

    Online Capabilities Are Crucial To The Purchase Journey

    Credit cards remain the top selling financial product in the US, even though sales are significantly lower than before the financial crisis. Prospects shopping for a new credit card have clear goals...

    • Downloads: 266
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Mobile Moments Transform Commerce And Service Experiences

    Strategic Plan: The Mobile eBusiness Playbook

    Your customer is experiencing a mobile mind shift: the expectation that she can get what she wants in her immediate context and moments of need. As a result, mobile is central to customer experience...

    • Downloads: 374
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Digital Financial Innovation Is The Antidote To Disruption

    And Digital Executives Are The Ones Who Will Have To Apply It

    Digital financial innovation has finally taken off, propelled by disruptors and incumbents racing to find ever new ways to serve digitally empowered customers. Yet innovating is hard, particularly in...

    • Downloads: 372
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Build A Pervasive Corporate Mobile Competency

    Organization: The Mobile eBusiness Playbook

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    • Downloads: 672
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Mastering The Art Of Omnichannel Retailing

    Executive Overview: The Omnichannel Commerce Playbook

    Offering customers seamless, consistent experiences through omnichannel retail offerings is now table stakes. Today, $1.5 trillion in retail sales is generated by customers who start their shopping...

    • Downloads: 169
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Plan Your European eCommerce Expansion

    European Cross-Border Buyers Are Valuable Digital Embracers

    European online cross-border purchasing is happening, but with almost a quarter of European online adults buying cross-border, it has not yet reached a critical mass. Those in smaller European...

    • Downloads: 156
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The State Of Digital Money Management, 2015

    Landscape: The Digital Money Management Playbook

    Digital money management promises to give millions of people the budgeting tips, financial guidance, and advice that so many sorely need. Small businesses, too, can gain insights into their cash flow...

    • Downloads: 213
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Who Does Mobile Commerce Well In The World's Largest eCommerce Market?

    Lessons From The Top Six eCommerce Retailers In China

    Mobile shopping has gained considerable momentum in China, but many retailers are still not ready to deliver good shopping experiences. Many retailers intend to upgrade their mobile commerce sites...

    • Downloads: 110
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Ten Must-Have Features For The Public Sites Of Investment Firms

    Best Practices From The Public Websites Of Leading US Wealth And Asset Management Firms

    The Web is now the most popular channel for US consumers researching investment products: More buyers of products like individual retirement accounts (IRAs), mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds...

    • Downloads: 695
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:European Cross-Channel Retail Sales Forecast, 2015 To 2020

    Don't Underestimate Your Digital Touchpoints' Offline Influence

    Forrester forecasts that over half of all retail sales in Europe will be impacted by the Web by 2020. These web-impacted sales include both online sales (including mobile and tablet sales) and...

    • Downloads: 589
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Brief: Key Technology Themes For Digital Retailers

    NRF's Big Show Highlights A New Generation Of Solutions Offering Customer-Centric And Data-Based Insights

    The rules of engagement between retailers and customers are changing. Recognizing the serious challenge they face, eBusiness professionals often turn to solution providers that specialize in...

    • Downloads: 280
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Intelligent Portfolios From Charles Schwab Will Ignite The Robo-Advisor Market

    Charles Schwab's strong entry into the digital investment management market will boost awareness and adoption of so-called "robo-advisors," which offer managed accounts for a fraction of what...

    • Downloads: 258
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Customer Advocacy 2014: How US Consumers Rate Their Financial Institutions

    Customers Rate Their Banks, Credit Card Providers, Insurers, And Investment Firms

    The traditional competitive barriers in retail financial services are crumbling. Digital touchpoints render branch distribution strength impotent. Digital technologies are cheaper and easier to...

    • Downloads: 426
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2014 Canadian Bank Digital Sales Benchmark

    RBC Leads With Strong Account Comparison Tools And Online Account Opening Features

    We used our Digital Sales Functionality Benchmark methodology to evaluate the public websites and mobile sales efforts of the five largest retail banks in Canada. This benchmark covers 36 criteria...

    • Downloads: 227
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Develop A Data-Driven Digital Business

    Short-Sighted Analytics Are Hindering Digital Leaders

    Forrester's digital maturity model defines measurement as one of the four key pillars of transformation, yet too many eBusiness professionals lack the customer-centric, cross-touchpoint insight...

    • Downloads: 380
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:How French Banking Customers Use Different Channels, 2015

    Weave Digital And Human Touchpoints Together To Build A New Generation Of Digital Banking

    Banking channel use is changing in France as customers increasingly use digital touchpoints like online and mobile banking to manage their financial lives. Digital touchpoints are gradually replacing...

    • Downloads: 181
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Make The Right Digital Decisions To Drive Canadian Usage-Based Insurance Sales

    Rate Reform Creates Powerful Incentive For Effective Digital Sales

    Canada and the US may share a border and consumer attitudes about usage-based insurance, but they don't share a common approach to the digital strategies for promoting these insurance options. With...

    • Downloads: 162
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Get Better Results — Virtual Agents Are Key To Improving Site Search

    As technology has become increasingly sophisticated, consumer search expectations and behaviors have evolved. Unfortunately, traditional site search technology has failed to evolve at the same pace....

    • Downloads: 98